Patrick Doyle - Sense and Sensibility (Sony):
Doyle's score is very much like the movie it was written for, often lush and sensuous but ultimately less absorbing than it might have been. Individual pieces have titles like ''Not a Beau for Miles'' and ''All the Delights of the Season,'' capturing the elegance of Jane Austen's novel and its painstaking re-creation in Ang Lee's screen version. An additional piquant touch comes from two songs performed by soprano Jane Eaglen, one based on an anonymous lyric from the 1600s, the other on a lovely Ben Jonson poem. The legion of Austen admirers should find the disc most appealing.
- David Sterritt
Van Morrison, With Georgie Fame & Friends - How Long Has This Been Going On
(Verve): The master soul singer weighs in with his first jazz release, recorded live at a London jazz club. Backed by a top-notch band, including Georgie Fame on organ and Pee Wee Ellis on sax, he tears through versions of his own compositions (''I Will Be There,'' ''All Saint's Day''), jazz standards (''New Symphony Sid,'' ''Sack O' Woe''), and pop songs (''That's Life,'' ''Who Can I Turn To?''). A highlight is his jazzy, scat-singing take on his classic ''Moondance.'' Although Morrison's bluesy voice is sometimes a bit too heavy for this material, his usual brilliance is on display.
- Frank Scheck
Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (Epic):
This is the second album by a hot band from Manchester, England. Though not as seamless as the first album, this one delivers the goods: pop-rock hits, smooth ballads, and the melodic radio hit ''Wonderwall.'' Noel Gallagher wrote all the songs; he has a good ear for melody and an unpretentious hand with lyrics. Brother Liam sings all the songs, his voice the same useful nasal sound of early Elvis Costello and Mick Jagger. Expect more from this band.
- Liz Brown